CM alleges errors in SECC 2011 of Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 15 | Publish Date: 12/15/2018 12:19:37 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Saturday alleged that there were errors in the Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data in respect of the state and said that stringent action will be taken up against those responsible for the survey.

The objective of SECC, 2011 was to rank household based on their socio-economic status and to prepare the list of families living below poverty line along with the enumeration of authentic cast/tribe-wise population in the country

In Manipur, the survey was conducted through District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in 2012.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the combined Meeyamgi Numit and Hill Leaders’ Day held on Saturday at the Durbar Hall of Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Singh alleged a good number of well do to families were found listed under the below poverty line (BPL) families while leaving behind genuine eligible families.

As the survey was not conducted in a fair manner, the well to do families were availing the benefits of various schemes meant for the poor families, said Singh. 

And because of this, about 37 per cent of the total population of the state were still under Below Poverty Line (BPL) despite huge funds being invested to uplift the needy people, he added.

“I am extremely concerned about this gaffe,” Singh said and added that he would not spare the officials involved in the wrongdoing 

The error in the database is the main factor behind non-improvement of status of poor families despite huge investment of funds, he said while blaming the DRDA employees for “this great mistake”.

The state government has started taking up steps to rectify the errors in the SECC database and Assembly constituency-wise re-survey work will be started soon, he added.

He further informed that state government has requested the Centre to allow fresh enrolment of genuine families in the SECC database and discard all the wrongful entries/beneficiaries.


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